Secular effects of tidal friction on the planet-satellite systems of the solar system

  title={Secular effects of tidal friction on the planet-satellite systems of the solar system},
  author={Anna Maria Nobili},
  journal={The moon and the planets},
  • A. Nobili
  • Published 1978
  • Physics
  • The moon and the planets
We separate the tidal evolution of a planet-satellite system with zero eccentricity in two phases:phase 1—from the formation of the system to satellite's corotation (satellite's corotation means that its spin angular velocity equals the orbital angular velocity);phase 2—after satellite's corotation.We study the planet-satellite system during phase 1 with Darwin's graphical method and obtain an upper limit to satellite'sQ which discloses whether or not it is corotating. Moreover we obtain some… Expand
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